Sharjah health care system is very developed and systematic. There are numerous hospitals and nursing homes in the city that provide treatment in various fields like cardiology, oncology, neurology, psychology and many more. For treatment people can choose from Government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics, and individual doctors.
The residents of the UAE must have a health card, which helps them to access the government hospitals. For a minimum fee of Dhs 300 this health card is issued. To apply for the health card the applicant has to submit the following papers:
- Photocopy of the Passport
- Visa application or photocopy
- 2 passport size photographs
- Dhs 200 for the medical examination
- Covering letter from sponsor
- Ministry of Health form properly filled
For renewing a health card the applicant has to bring his last health card, 2 passport size photographs,
copy of passport with visa stamp and Dhs 200 for the medical examination. The procedure is very simple but it takes a lot of time. Some Governments hospitals in Sharjah that can be availed with the health card are Dibba Hospital, Khor Fakkan, Al Dhaid Hospital, Qassimi Hospital, Kalba Hospital and Kuwaiti Hospital.
People who do not have a health card can avail the government hospitals in cases of emergency only and can stay for 24 hours only. The private hospital in Sharjah provide excellent health care facilities but they are very costly. People who have health insurance can easily avail these private hospitals. Some of the Private hospitals in Sharjah are Zulekha Hospital, Private Central Hospital and Al Zahra Private Hospital.
To sum up, over the years Sharjah Health care services has developed immensely with the establishment if numerous hospitals and nursing homes.